"The look of every home can be improved by better lighting"
The look of every home can be improved by better lighting, both natural and artificial (Choosing lights for your new home). But, the amount of natural light in your home can depend on several different factors. The floor plan, furniture, and decor are just some of the things that can affect the natural light in your home. If you can't seem to get enough natural light in your home, don't worry. With these simple ways to add more natural light to your home, your home will look better than ever.
Bringing natural light into your home
Tackle the windows
The position and size of the windows in your home can heavily impact the amount of natural light in your home. They can also affect the appearance of the size of your home. So, tackle the windows so you can add more natural light to your home. Ideally, it would be best to change the size of the windows in your home and make them larger. But this isn't always an option, especially if you are on a budget. So, what else can you do? Firstly, clean them thoroughly and regularly so that light can pass through the glass easily. Afterward, take a look at whether anything is blocking the light from coming through the window. For example, there might be a branch outside that's just too close to the window. Additionally, removing branches near the windows could help them stay clean longer. Finally, you can paint the window frame a bright and neutral color.
"Natural light can transform any room"
Organize the floor plan
On the inside of your home, move any bulky furniture away from the windows. When arranging furniture in your home, take into account the natural light. How you organize the furniture in your home will have a big overall effect on the natural light in your home. It can block natural light from shining through the space. So, before you decide on the furniture arrangement in your home after you move in, make a floor plan. When you decide on the right layout, organizing furniture becomes a much easier task. And you'll know you chose the best possible option for the available space.
"How you organize the furniture in your home will have a big overall effect on the natural light in your home"
Replace the curtains and linens
Your choice of curtains greatly affects the natural light in your home. Closing them shouldn't mean sacrificing the natural light in your home. With light, brightly-colored curtains, your home doesn't lose on the natural light. When purchasing curtains, take a quick look at carpets as well. A simple light-colored carpet or rug is a great way to add more natural light to your home. Of course, always choose a carpet that matches the curtains. Besides these, you can also replace some of the linens in your home, such as pillowcases for throw pillows or blankets. Wash them regularly so they can stay bright and clean for a long time. Overall, this is one of the best ways to add more natural light to your home. (Choosing Window Coverings for Your Home)
Paint the walls
When your walls are bright, natural light can just reflect on them and spread through the rest of the room. This year, make some changes in your home and paint the walls a bright shade. Not only are simple wall colors now a trend, but they are also timeless. Simple cream or white walls work with most interior design styles as well. All things considered, this change is something you can’t go wrong with. However, if you are not looking to repaint the walls, there are a few things you can do. You may be able to clean the walls and give them a fresh look. You can also do this for the wallpaper and tiles in your home.
"When your walls are bright, natural light can just reflect on them"
Invest in brighter furniture pieces
Are you looking to replace some of your furniture this year? If so, it may be time to look for furniture pieces that are a brighter color. However, consider the design before you do. Dark furniture can undermine the effect natural light has. However, light-colored furniture reflects the light and makes the room look brighter. This is an ideal solution for smaller homes where you just can’t seem to find a way to add more natural light. Minimalistic furniture is a great choice for small and dark rooms. It doesn’t go in the way of natural light and doesn’t make the space feel smaller. This is the best option if you want to improve the natural light in your home and make it more spacious at the same time.
Mirrors are key
We can’t talk about natural lighting without mentioning mirrors because they play a key role in interior design. By reflecting light and making any room feel more spacious, they are a must-have in any dark or small home. However, what is the best way to add several mirrors to a home? There are a few easy solutions for adding a large number of mirrors without them overpowering the space. Firstly, replace the mirrors you already have with larger ones in smaller frames. Better yet, remove the frame completely if you can and simply glue the mirror to the wall.
Next, put mirrors above the focal points in any room. In the living room, this can be the space above the fireplace. As for the bedroom, a mirror can be a great decorative choice for the area above the bed. If you have any dark pieces of furniture you don’t want to replace, mirrors can provide a solution. You can put mirrors on the drawers of a wardrobe. On a bookshelf, you can place small but effective decorative mirrors. All these ways to add more natural light to your home with mirrors will pay off as they’ll help natural light cover every corner of your home.
"A mirror in the right place will add to your natural light"
Adding more natural light to your home can be easy
We can conclude that any home can be brighter with just a few easy tricks and hacks. With the right floor plan and clear windows, you have a good foundation for improving the natural light in your home. Follow this with new and bright furniture pieces and mirrors, and you will achieve a lot. Finally, choose the right linens and décor to help your home look its best. All these ways to add more natural light to your home will result in a naturally bright and beautiful home that you will be proud of.
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Anna Miller is an interior designer and writer who loves to help people improve their homes with her advice. She has worked with Excalibur Moving and Storage in order to bring you this article.
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